OffTrackBetting.com - Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California will be the scene of the G1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday, November 4. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Del Mar's turf track and ace 1 1/4 miles for the winner's portion of the $2 million purse.
A full field of 14 will give it a go in the BC Filly & Mare Turf - race 7 on Del Mar's impressive Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:00 PM. Let's take a brief look into the past performances of all 14 entries for this world-class G1 stakes.
2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Contenders & Odds at Del Mar
Lady Eli 5-2
Defending runner-up in this race - impressive Chad Brown trained star mare has been superb in her 13-race career despite a bout of laminitis which she gracefully conquered - 10 wins and three second place finishes. She enters on the heels of a nice three-race win streak - the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes last time out at Saratoga August 26, the G1 Diana Stakes on that track July 22 and the G1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 27. Before that were consecutive close runner-up finishes - the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes by a head at Keeneland April 15 and by just a nose in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She had a great win in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park last October 8, another second in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 27 and 13 months away from the track. Prior to the layoff were wins in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, in the minor Wonder Again Stakes, the G3 Appalachian Stakes and a career defining 2 3/4 length win in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Lady Eli was an Eclipse Award finalist in 2014 and 2016 and looks to be on that path again. She could easily be undefeated and will be out to build on a three-race win streak from post 3.
Grand Jete 6-1
British bred Chad Brown trained filly has placed in 11 of 13 career starts - four wins, three seconds and four third-place finishes. She made her North American in April and produced an Allowance score at Keeneland and has been good in four starts since. Last time out was a third in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park October 8 which followed decent but unlucky second behind stablemate Dacita in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 12, an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park July 14 and a good breakthrough 1 1/4 length win in the G3 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park June 3. Grand Jete has been good since shipping (three wins, a second and a third-place finish in five starts) and will try to keep a roll going Saturday from gate 8.
Irish bred Aidan O'Brien trained filly has hit the board in eight of her 10 career starts. She arrives off a good win in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera Longines in France October 1 which followed a seventh in the Group 1 Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown September 9 and a DNF in the Prix de Diane Stakes at Chantilly in June. Before that were two straight runner-up finishes in Group 1 races including the Investec Oaks in June and the Group 1 One Thousand Guineas in May. She won three of her previous four starts including the Group 1 Dubai Fillies Mile last October and the Group 2 Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes in August, 2016. Rhododendron has shown serious form in the past and will be out to build on a nice effort from the outside gate 14.
Thomas Proctor trained mare has placed in 11 of 13 career starts - six wins and five third place finishes. She arrives on a nice two-race win streak - the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes September 2 and the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes August 5 - both on this track. Before that was an OK third in the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx July 4, a two length win in her graded stakes debut - the G3 Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico May 20 and consecutive thirds in minor stakes action - the Dahlia Stakes at Laurel Park April 22 and the Daisey Devine Stakes at Fair Grounds February 25. Before that were three straight Allowance scores to end her 2016 campaign. Cambodia has been a factor in every start the last 10 months and shoots for a third straight graded stakes score at Del Mar from gate 6.
Defending fifth-place finisher - Chilean champion, Chad Brown trained mare has 20 career starts with 10 wins, five seconds and a third-place finish and won three of her last four starts before shipping including three Group 1 races at home. She continued her impressive run in her North American debut with a win over the incredible Tepin in the 2016 G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga but stumbled to a ninth-place finish as 5-1 second choice in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She has been decent lately - an OK second last time out in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park October 8 followed a nice win in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 12, an uncharacteristic sixth in the G2 New York Stakes June 9 and consecutive runner-up finishes - the G3 Beaugay Stakes May 13 and the 2016 G2 Canadian Stakes back in September. She had a two-race win streak in 2016 - the G1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga July 23 and the 2016 G2 New York Stakes June 19 at Belmont Park. Dacita is of the only horses in some time to beat Tepin and enters in good form. She has three wins and three seconds in her last seven starts overall and will try to keep the momentum going Saturday from post 7.
Defending third-place finisher - Richard Mandella trained mare has 16 career starts with seven wins and three third place finishes. She arrives off a nice win in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita September 30 which followed her worst effort in a while - a sixth as favorite in the G2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap here August 5, a third behind the superb Lady Eli and Goodyearforroses in the G1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 27, another quality third behind Lady Eli back in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, a win in gate-to-wire fashion in the 2016 Rodeo Drive Stakes and another win in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar. She failed to place in her prior three starts. Avenge has been a tad tough to figure out but looked good in a win last time out. She hopes to build on that effort Saturday from gate 12.
Queen's Trust 12-1
Defending champion in this race - Sir Michael Stoute trained filly has just two wins in her 13 career starts to go along with one second and three third-place finishes. She has failed to place in four of five starts since her breakthrough BC win - an eighth last time out in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera Longines in France October 1 followed an OK third in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York August 24, a sixth in the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes August 3 and consecutive fourths - the G1 Prince Of Wales' Stakes in June and the Group 2 Middleton Stakes in May. Queen's Trust has been disappointing since last year's edition of this race and hopes to snap a funk Saturday from gate 10.
War Flag 12-1
Shug McGaughey trained filly has nine career starts and has placed in all - five wins, three seconds and a third-place finish. Last time out was a good win in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park October 8 after an OK third in the G3 Glens Fall Stakes at Saratoga September 2, a second in the G3 Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park July 30 and a last-to-first Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track June 18. She won her last two starts in France before shipping as well - the Group 3 Prix Chloe July 10 and an Allowance June 1. War Flag has been competitive so far in her career and searches for a second straight graded stakes win Saturday from the rail.
Irish bred filly has 19 career starts with seven wins, two seconds and two third place finishes for trainer Richard Baltas. She enters off an ugly eighth in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita September 30 which followed consecutive runner-up finishes - the G2 John C Mabee Stakes here September 2 and the G1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 27. Before that was an OK fast-closing fifth in the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 15 and a three-race win streak - the G2 Santa Ana Stakes March 12, the minor Astra II Stakes February 2 and the Robert J. Frankel Stakes December 31 - all at Santa Anita. In 2016, she also had an OK third in the G3 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine November 5 and another two-race win streak - the minor Flaming Page Stakes at Woodbine August 13 and an Allowance there July 22. Goodyearforroses has placed in six of her last eight starts overall but hopes to bounce back off an ugly effort last time out from post 13.
British bred Roger Varian trained filly has five wins, a second and a third-place finish in 11 career starts. She arrives off a disappointing fifth in the G1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine October 15 after an OK fourth in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks in Britain August 24 and two good wins overseas - the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes July 2 and the Rothesay Stakes in May. Before that was a seventh in the 2016 EP Taylor, a second in the 2016 John Musker Stakes a fifth in the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette Stakes August 23, 2016 and a good win in the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle in June of last year. Nezwaah makes just her third North American start looking to snap a two-race losing streak from post 11.
Pascal Barry trained filly has three wins, a second and two third-place finishes in nine career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday off an ugly eleventh in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera Longines at Chantilly October 1, a third in the Group 2 Shadwell Prix de la Nonette August 19 and a good win in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines in June. She also won the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte Etalon Kendargent in April. Senga has been OK in her career and hopes to snap a two-race losing streak Saturday from gate 2.
Has two wins, a second and a third-place finish in six career starts for trainer Charles Appleby. She makes her North American debut Saturday on the heels of consecutive fourth-place finishes - the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera Longines at Chantilly October 1 and the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes September 9. Before that was a fourth in the Group 1 Henkel-Preis der Diana - German Oaks in Germany, a second in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes in July and consecutive wins - the best of which coming in the Group 1 Total Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches in France last October. Wuheida has been just OK and looks to snap a four-race losing streak Saturday from post 5.
Has 16 career starts for trainer Michael Stidham with five wins, three seconds and three third place finishes. She enters off a good win in the G1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland October 7 after a respectable second in the G3 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes September 9, an ugly ninth in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 12 and a third in the G3 Eatontown Stakes June 3. Before that were consecutive fifths - the G2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes May 6 and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Last year she had a respectable second in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita October 1, an OK third in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 13, a good win in the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes last July 4 and a third in the G3 Mint Julep Stakes at Churchill Downs last June. Zipessa has been trending upward and shoots for a second straight graded stakes score Saturday from gate 4.
Birdie Gold 30-1
Gary Mandella trained filly has just five career starts with four wins and a second-place finish - all at Hipodromo De Monterrico in Argentina. She makes her North American debut off a good win in the Clasico Pamplona June 25, a second in the Clasico Republica Argentina May 20 and three straight wins to start her career - two Allowance races and a Maiden score to start her career. Birdie Gold was impressive at home and hopes it translates Saturday from post 3.
Kitten's Roar 20-1
||Claude McGaughey III
||Drayden Van Dyke
||Grand Jete (GB)
||Irad Ortiz, Jr.
||Queen's Trust (GB)
||Sir Michael Stoute